REGION II – AREA A DIRECTOR CANDIDATE
Harold Gribow, MCS, CSP, ARM
Harold Gribow, Safety Consultant
I began my safety career in the mid-1970’s while working for a construction company that specialized in residential insulation. While working for this company, and realizing that further advancement in the safety profession could be enhanced with a safety degree, I entered graduate school at Northern Illinois University in the fall of 1977. I graduated with a master’s degree in Industrial Technology with emphasis on Industrial Safety in December of 1979. Following graduation, my wife and I relocated to Phoenix Arizona where I gained employment with the Arizona State Compensation Fund (now SCF Arizona) in June of 1980 and worked for this company for the next 26 ¾ years, rising through the ranks to manager of the Loss Control Department.
During this time, I found my niche as a promoter of occupational safety and the valuable services provided by ASSE. I became Membership Chair of our Arizona Chapter in 1983 and held that position until 2003. At that time, I was appointed as a replacement vice-president and rose through the chairs to the presidency of our Chapter. During my time as President-Elect, I became involved in the Region II Operating Committee and found that I liked very much the camaraderie of the representatives from the Chapters within our Region. This continued through my Presidency and as a past president, delegate and has been emphasized during my first term as Area A Director for the Region II of the Society.
My name is Harold Gribow, and I’m running for a second term as Area A Director in ASSE’s Region II. I’m a past president of the Arizona Chapter, a CSP and hold the ARM certification, as well. I received my master’s degree in safety from Northern Illinois University in 1979. As a 28 year member of ASSE I have enjoyed many benefits of participation in the Society. The educational benefits alone make it a worthwhile organization to join, but my membership has also proven to be a valuable networking opportunity and has allowed me to gain many friends both professional and personal.
The Arizona Chapter is my home chapter and is one that is held in high esteem throughout ASSE. It also has a very high percentage of members who are involved in the continued advancement of the Chapter’s reputation. Every successful chapter has a core group that becomes the “soul” of the group and helps the chapter continue to grow and thrive. We’re fortunate in Arizona to have quite a few of those core group members who have been and stayed involved for many years.
As Area A Director, I would like to continue help other Chapters within our Region develop a similar feeling of camaraderie and belonging that will assist them in attracting and retaining members, and further the benefits of belonging to such a fine professional organization.
I thank you in advance for your support to allow me to achieve these goals.